Showing all Releases for February 2012

  • Stormont Vail Foundation Names New President and Executive Director

    Monday February 13, 2012

    (Topeka, Kan., Feb. 13, 2012) – The Stormont Vail Foundation is pleased to announce Jane Mackey as the new President and Executive Director effective Monday, February 27, 2012.  The announcement was made Monday, February 13 by Kevin Cassidy, Chairman of the Stormont Vail Foundation Board of Trustees.

    Mackey follows Don Schepker who recently retired after seven years in the President role.  Mackey is not new to the Stormont Vail Foundation, having previously served as President and Executive Director from 2000 – 2005.  During that period she was responsible for organizing and coordinating the first capital campaign for the Foundation since its inception in 1982.  That campaign exceeded its goal by successfully raising $5.7 million for the benefit of the Neonatal Intensive Care.  Mackey was also responsible for other internal campaign initiatives including fund raising for the surgery suite addition in 2000.  She established the Foundation’s first golf tournament in 2001, which continues today and annually raises money to fund programs such as the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care, Birthplace, Breastfeeding Clinic, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, SANE/SART and other children’s and adolescent programs.

    Since leaving that role, Mackey gained additional experience in fundraising and development.  Mackey is currently a consultant providing training, consultation and contract services to local not-for-profit organizations on Board development, fundraising and other management initiatives.  Previously, she served as Vice President of Development and Marketing the for Kansas Children’s Service League and as a Vice President for Jeffrey Byrne & Associates, Inc. a national consulting group focusing on fundraising and development.

    “Mackey’s education, previous history with the Stormont Vail Foundation, knowledge of the region and leadership skills makes her the top choice for this position,” said Cassidy.

    Maynard Oliverius, President and CEO, Stormont Vail Health, Inc., noted, “We are very fortunate Jane was available and chose to return to the Foundation.  During her tenure, the Foundation experienced a period of significant growth and success that provided great benefit to the organization.”

    Jane has served as President and CEO of the Topeka Blood Bank and was formerly on the Board of Directors of Stormont Vail HealthCare, Inc., the parent Board of the health system.

    Mackey said, “I am delighted to be returning to the Stormont Vail Foundation and once again being part of Stormont Vail HealthCare, an outstanding organization with a rich history of providing top-quality care to patients and families. The Foundation provides significant philanthropic support to Stormont Vail and plays an important role in meeting the needs of patients, families, employees, students, volunteers and the community.”

    Mackey holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Kansas.  She also serves on the Topeka Symphony Endowment Board, Stormont Vail Auxiliary Board, Leadership Greater Topeka Planning Committee, served as President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals/Topeka Council on Philanthropy in 2010, member of Downtown Topeka Rotary Club).  Jane and her husband Bob have one son and have lived in Topeka since 1976.

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  • Stormont Vail Health and Midwest Cancer Alliance Launch New Program for Cancer Survivors

    Thursday February 9, 2012

    Topeka, Kan. (Feb 9, 2012) – Stormont Vail HealthCare is offering a new program to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Developed by the Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG, the program was created to bridge the gap between cancer treatment and life following cancer. 

    This is an important health care gap because according to a 2007 Institute of Medicine report, the 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S. face a heavy physical and psychological burden as they transition from cancer patient to survivor.  In fact, cancer is increasingly being viewed for many as a chronic illness.

    The free six-session program, Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment™, will run in February and March. It will provide cancer survivors in northeast Kansas with information and tools to make the transition into living a full and productive life as a survivor. Sessions will address exercise, nutrition, emotional health, quality of life and medical management after cancer treatment ends.

    The sessions will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 14, at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. 8th Ave., Topeka.

    For more details and registration, call Matt Herynk at (785) 270-4981.

    Expert panelists at the six sessions will include cancer specialist physicians, nutritionists and fitness experts who will discuss various topics. These subjects include:

    • Exercise after treatment
    • Specialized nutrition for people after cancer treatment
    • The need for continued emotional and social support
    • Medical effects of cancer treatment and long-term medical management.

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